A free, custom shortlink solution

Blog Post created by bszukalski-esristaff Employee on May 31, 2017

Earlier today someone asked me about a way to shorten a URL to an app hosted in their ArcGIS organization. Not only did they want to shorten it, they wanted to create a custom shortlink that would be easier to remember. 


I found a list of 9 URL Shorteners to Shorten Long Links and tried a couple of them. Most just shorten a link - this is good, but results in jibberish that's good for copy/paste, but not much else. One of them (which I did not try) offers domain-based short URLs for a fee.


But a reasonable alternative, and also one that's free, is from Tiny URL. While not quite a total custom URL, or one that is based on your domain, it does offer a solution for something that's easy-to-remember.


I took this impossible to remember and lengthy URL: 


And ran it through TinyURL to create something I could remember. I tried a couple of strings which were already taken, but found one that wasn't and settled on this as the short URL:



Note that it also includes a preview, just in case someone might be suspicious and wants to view the expanded URL before opening.


Try them out:


Note that this isn't an endorsement, but hopefully it's something useful. Let me know if there are others you find.